From the outside, the Paddington Inn may look like just another ordinary bar where you would knock back a few drinks after work and be off on your way to a great evening with mates. But despite its appearance from the outside, this place is so much more than that. From tap beers to Aperitif cocktails and an exquisite dining experience that is sure to delight your senses, the Paddington Inn has you covered, whatever the occasion.
Walking in from the Oxford Street entrance, we were greeted with the front bar which offers an impressive selection of beverages made from the freshest ingredients of the season. The Paddington’s Inn management pride themselves on Aperitif cocktails, classic cocktails with a modern twist and a wine list curated by award-winning Solotel Group Sommelier, Matt Dune.
The Paddington Inn Bar makes for a perfect spot for an after-work catch-up with friends, a quick lunch fix, and even the place to get pumped with some tunes with live DJs every Friday and Saturday night.
Where contemporary charms meet rustic vibes, the newly renovated a la Carte dining area features everything from an open kitchen to minimalistic art prints that line the walls. It is here where Head Chef, Justin Schott, and the dining team work their magic in the form of a unique menu that is sure to excite your taste buds.
Left: Aromatic – Dolin Blanc, grapefruit, rosemary, tonic
Right: Ripe – Regal Rogue rosé, lemon, raspberry, Sicilian soda
To start, we ordered the ‘Aromatic’ and ‘Ripe’ Aperitif cocktails to stimulate our appetites. The grapefruit in the Aromatic gave it a pronounced bitter taste whereas Ripe was fruity in flavour.
Pickled mussels, chargrilled cucumber, apple
As with all pickled delights, the mussels gave this dish a vinegary punch that was rounded off by the crisp and slightly sweet apple pieces. This was certainly a strong dish that we couldn’t resist getting another bite of.
Celeriac carpaccio, leek, hazelnut, verjuice
This dish was also characterised by a pleasantly sour kick by the celeriac carpaccio, dressed in verjuice, however the hazelnuts threw a nuttiness into the mix. Yet another interesting menu item that tantalised the senses.
Chicken liver parfait, saffron pear, toasted gingerbread
Smooth, creamy and absolutely delicious, this duck liver parfait quickly became one of our favourites amongst the appetisers. When paired with the sweet saffron pear and toasted gingerbread, the scrumptious mix of flavours was difficult to resist.
Chargrilled Freemantle octopus, grilled fennel, nduja
Visually stunning and a delight for the tastebuds, this Freemantle octopus dish combines full-bodied chargrill flavours with the spice of the nduja sauce. Have the octopus with the potato mash and grilled onions to balance out its intense flavours and add a hint of sweetness.
Roast lamb loin, broad bean, artichoke, black garlic
Did somebody say roast lamb? The Paddington Inn’s take on this classic dish plays to the strengths of their fresh ingredients. Tender, melt-in-your-mouth lamb with black garlic sauce to deepen its flavour, combined with broad beans and artichokes to lighten the palate, this one is a treat for all you meat-lovers out there.
Potato bake fries, burnt onion mayonnaise
Now, if you saw us at the Paddington Inn that day, you would have seen how ridiculously excited we got over these potato bake fries. Crispy on the outside with layers of deliciousness inside, this side is the perfect example of something simple done incredibly well. Not to mention, the burnt onion mayonnaise deserves a special shout out for being the ideal sidekick to this delectable treat.
Delectable flavour combinations with unique twists, a real emphasis on good quality, freshly sourced ingredients, and stunning food presentations that made it a feast for both our eyes and palates – need we say more? Our experience at the Paddington Inn was nothing short of incredible and we can’t wait to come back here again.
The Paddington Inn
338 Oxford Street,
Paddington, NSW 2021
Contributed by Joanna, who dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys